Tents in pastures of the Tibetan Plateau are made of yak-haired flannels and stay cords, which like four-side folding celling covering on the grass. Two wooden pillars are used to support the tent. There are over twenty yak-haired rope are used at the top and the waist stretching to different directions, and they are fixed with wooden nails on the grass. Removable thick wooden sticks are used to support those ropes, which can make the tent uptight. Several silvers of skylight are set along the ridges for lighting and smoke evacuation. At the entrance, a curtain is used to cover the door.
The cooking stove is considered as the center of a tent, men will live at the left, while women will live at the right. A shrine is placed behind the stove. Sacks filled with grains or cow chips are used to compress the bottom of the tent tightly for against cold wind. Woolen felts and hides are paved on the grass, so that the grass can recover fast after remove.
Some tents are suitable for semi-mountain and semi-pasture, surrounded by a half-meter-high short wall made of flagstones or turfs, to against cold wind and animals invasion. Tents can be taken with people when they move to other places, but short walls is left behind for recycling.


  • Title: Beds on Grass
  • Creator: Zhan Zheng
  • Provenance: Museum of Ethnic Cultures, Minzu University of China
  • Original Source: http://bwg.muc.edu.cn
  • Photography location: Naqu, Tibet Autonomous Region
  • Photography date: 2007.1
  • Object type: Photography
  • Ethnic group: Tibetan
  • Creator's dates: 1963 -
  • Creator nationality: Chinese
  • Creator gender: Male


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